The title of this may have you scratching your head, but I promise it will all make sense in just a few minutes!
I’m reading in 2 Samuel now, and in chapter 22 begins David’s song of praise when God delivered him from the hand of his enemies. Skip down to verse 22:26-27 which says “To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.”
You’re probably thinking.. say whaaaat?
I’ll keep it short and sweet. David was saying that people see God through the filter of their spiritual condition. Believers see God as loving, forgiving, merciful, all things good. Unrepentant sinners or unbelievers see God as a judge, untrustworthy, manipulative or unfair.
So how does this relate to us?
When we are on top of the world and life is in balance, it’s easy to thank God, to worship, to think of all the good that He is. But when we are struggling and suffering, when each day seems to bring out the worst in us, it’s easy to point the finger at God and blame him for our problems and see him as devious or ruthless.
One thing is for sure, God remains what he has always been. Holy, loving, pure, compassionate, and just.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I know it’s easier said than done, but remember not to let your spiritual condition dictate your mind. God will always be all that he is, and all we need him to be.